Foreign Eyes Filming France

CinéSalon Series
Tuesdays, January 7–March 31, 2020
4pm & 7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

For over a century, France has inspired and encouraged filmmakers from around the world. This series surveys nearly 100 years of cinema, showcasing 18 filmmakers who have used France’s multilayered social and cultural fabric as a canvas for their unique visions.

Several films brought new perspectives to icons of France’s artistic heritage while others offered an outsider’s astute critique of French society and dissected tensions at the intersection of race and class. As these 18 directors pushed the boundaries of cinema, they infused their work with the cultural sensibilities of their native countries, conducting a fascinating transfer of culture in the process. Not surprisingly this survey is also a reflection of social and political upheaval across the last century: Jewish artists who fled from Germany (Ophuls), directors who left the Eastern block to escape authoritarianism and censorship (Kiesloweski), and filmmakers who hail from former French colonies and protectorates (Sembene, Arbid, Amari).

Films in French with English subtitles unless specified otherwise.
Each screening will be followed by a wine and beer reception.

Film Schedule

CinéSalon

The Passion of Joan of Arc

La passion de Jeanne d’Arc

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
4 & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

Danish filmmaker Carl Dreyer’s incandescent account of the trial and execution of Joan of Arc is a towering achievement of the silent cinema, while Maria Falconetti’s trance-like interpretation of Joan is one of the greatest screen performances of all time.

CinéSalon

Transit

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
4pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

German auteur Christian Petzold puts a chilling twist on Anna Seghers’s classic novel about refugees trying to escape the Nazis in wartime Marseille by setting the story in an indefinite period that could as easily be the present day as 1940.

CinéSalon

Code Unknown

Code Inconnu

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

In his first French film, Austrian auteur Michael Haneke follows the participants and witnesses to a violent incident on a Paris boulevard to paint a complex, masterfully wrought picture of contemporary race relations, urban alienation, and the breakdown of communication.

CinéSalon

Foreign Body

Corps Etranger

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
4pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

A young Tunisian woman leaves her country during the Jasmine Revolution to illegally immigrate to France, where she finds both refuge and new dangers. Tunisian filmmaker Raja Amari, weaves together an original story of immigration melded with female desire in Foreign Body.

CinéSalon

The Story of a Three-Day Pass

La Permission

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

Legendary African-American director Melvin Van Peebles’ stylish tale of a brief affair between a Parisian woman and a black GI stationed in France is both a tender love story and a devastating exposé of racism in the US military.

CinéSalon

La Grande Bouffe

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
4 & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

In Italian eccentric Marco Ferreri’s hilarious send-up of consumer society, four of the greatest actors of the golden age of European cinema play a bourgeois quartet who isolate themselves in a luxurious Paris townhouse to literally eat themselves to death.

CinéSalon

Parisienne

Peur de Rien

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
4 & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

With this partially autobiographical chronicle of a young Lebanese woman’s struggles, loves, and triumphs in the Paris of the early nineties, Danielle Arbid delivers a powerful testimonial to the resilience of those who risk everything for a better life.

CinéSalon

L’Âge d’or

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
4pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

This epochal collaboration between Spanish iconoclasts Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali is a paean to amour fou, an all-out assault on the bourgeoisie, and the greatest Surrealist film ever made. Not surprisingly, it was banned for 50 years after its scandalous debut!

CinéSalon

Marcel Proust’s Time Regained

Le Temps retrouvé

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

Chilean exile Raoul Ruiz delivers a profound yet accessible digest of In Search of Lost Time, using that classic’s final volume as the foundation for a witty, wicked, and star-studded panorama of Proust’s great meditation on the passage of time.

CinéSalon

Favorites of the Moon

Les Favoris de la lune

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
4 & 7:30pm

FIAF Tinker Auditorium

Followed by a wine and beer reception

In Georgian auteur Otar Iosseliani’s first French feature, winner of the Venice Jury Prize in 1984, the intertwining lives of art thieves and pop stars, anarchists and scientists, prostitutes and pickup artists paint a tenderly comedic picture of a bygone Paris.

Classics of French Cinema with Olivier Barrot

The Earrings of Madame De…

Madame de...

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
4 & 7:30pm: Film
6:45pm: Talk in French by Olivier Barrot

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

By following a pair of earrings as they get passed from hand to hand, German-born Max Ophuls traces the loves and losses of an aristocratic woman in Belle Époque Paris and reaches a peak of glamorous refinement and melancholy.

CinéSalon

The Captive

La Captive

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
4 & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

In adapting The Prisoner, Proust’s story of a frail young man who obsessively shadows his lover Albertine, Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman created a film as stylish as a Hitchcock classic, with a hint of subversion that is all her own.

CinéSalon

Black Girl

La noire de...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
4 & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

Senegalese master Ousmane Sembène’s devastating story of an illiterate nursemaid from Dakar enslaved by her French employers on the Côte d’Azur was the first feature film produced in sub-Saharan Africa and a surprise winner of France’s prestigious Prix Jean Vigo in 1966.

CinéSalon

I’m Going Home

Je rentre à la maison

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
4 & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

Manoel de Oliveira, the legendary elder of Portuguese cinema, strikes his trademark blend of melancholy and comedy with this bewitching story of an aging Parisian actor whose wife, daughter and son-in-law die unexpectedly, leaving him to care for his grandson.

CinéSalon

The Double Life of Véronique

La double vie de Véronique

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
4pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

Polish auteur Krzysztof Kieślowski won a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Foreign Film with this mystical tale of a French music teacher and a Polish singer—both played by the incredible Irène Jacob—who never meet but experience a mysterious connection.

CinéSalon

Claire’s Camera

La Caméra de Claire

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

Shot in under a week at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and premiered there to rapturous reviews in 2017, South Korean master Hong Sang-Soo’s bittersweet comedy stars Isabelle Huppert as a zany amateur photographer discovering life on the Croisette.

CinéSalon

The Sleeping Car Murders

Compartiments tueurs

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
4pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

When a young woman is found dead on the overnight train from Paris to Marseille, suspicions fall on the five passengers who shared her compartment—until they too start being killed. Greek exile Costa-Gavras’s star-studded debut is a classic policier.

CinéSalon

Synonyms

Synonymes

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a wine and beer reception

Israeli director Nadav Lapid confirms his position as a major filmmaker of our era with Synonyms, the exhilarating story of a young Israeli transplant in Paris and the winner of the top prize at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival.

 

TICKET INFO

FIAF Members: Free*
Non-Members: $14
Students with ID: $7

*Show your FIAF membership card and pick up free tickets day-of at the Box Office. $3 member tickets available in advance.

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FIAF Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street,
New York, NY 10022